How It All Began

Beauty blogs constitute the majority of my daily reads, and through the wonder that is Twitter, I've gotten to know some of the beauty bloggers I've followed and admired for a long time. Our nightly beauty conversations are oft times the highlight of my day because these girls will nod and whoop with me when I enthuse about a particular blush or a new release of another nude lipstick. It's nice to finally find your own group of same-feathered birds and, as they say, flock together (in a glorious taupe-y mess).

Enjoyable as they are, I've always felt something missing from these chats. The lack of visual aids combined with the crutch that is a paltry allowance of 140 characters seem to confine my descriptions of products to "beautiful," "awesome," and "MUST HAVE!!!" While sincere, the words ring hollow. This blog is an attempt to remedy that.

Messy Wands is an allusion to how haphazardly stacked my lipglosses are in my current makeup drawer - but not because I'm prone to disorganization. It's just that the sheer amount I own and limited display space necessitates creative measures if I want to be able to see all my colors without digging around.

Thus, I bid you welcome to my humble journal and hope you enjoy your stay.

The Blog

Messy Wands is a personal blog founded in July 2011 with the primary focus of delivering honest opinions about beauty products and showing the reader exactly how a product will look and work on the skin. My emphasis is on real skin (the good and the bad) and how makeup can be used to complement or correct it. As such, I do not retouch images to alter my complexion in any way. The only photo editing you will see is the manipulation of light and color values to ensure the photos featured on Messy Wands are as close to "true" color as they can be.

Therefore, as a forewarning, please forgive me if you ever have the misfortune to see my clogged pores, peeling nose, and occasional breakouts in any of the pictures featured on this site!


Occasionally, I may include sponsored posts and affiliate links in my posts, which may generate a small commission from clicks that result in a purchase. Products provided by PR/the company will be clearly stated at the bottom of each post.


If you have questions or comments, or an irrational need to share a random story, please write to me at messywands@gmail.com, DM me @xiaolim18 or tweet me @xiaoo. I look forward to hearing from you!